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Pets, People and Community

Loving Homes

Forever Families

Health & Wellness

Lifelong Learning


Are You Ready to Adopt?

Caring for pets gives us a sense of purpose and joy and makes one feel less alone. And when you adopt, you can also feel proud about helping an animal in need. You’re also not only rescuing your animal friend, but you’re also making room for new pets who need our help – and the cost of your adoption goes directly towards helping us care for the animals we take in, increasing the number of lives you’re helping to save exponentially.

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Keeping Your Pet

The Humane Society of Charlotte is dedicated to ensuring animals truly do find “forever homes” and families who will love them for life. Unfortunately, despite loving their animals, families in crisis often feel they must resort to surrendering their pets because they don’t know where to turn for temporary assistance with pet food, shelter, medical or behavior services. We use innovative strategies and fresh approaches to providing a network of animal services, resources, and information.

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Medical Services

Pet overpopulation is a huge problem, but fortunately, there’s a solution: spaying/neutering our companion pets.  The Humane Society has been providing spay/neuter services in Charlotte for over 35 years, our Charlotte Spay/Neuter Clinic was actually the very first low-cost clinic in the Southeast. And that’s not all — our low-cost medical clinic also provides vaccinations against some of the most common cat and dog diseases.

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Caring For Your Pet

Our pet behavior program has been designed not only to make sure animals who stay with us are happy, active and fulfilled – but also to help ease their transition from shelter life to forever homes. We focus on fun, stress-free socialization and enrichment exercises with our animals, from interactive feeding games and timed toy-release puzzles to group play sessions and off-premise training. We believe these programs are critical to ensuring that new owners come home with animal family members who are happy, healthy, eager to please and prepared for life in their forever home.

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Public Service Announcement

The Humane Society of Charlotte, as part of our Hurricane Florence relief efforts, took in 36 dogs from Robeson County, NC on Sept. 17, 2018. These were animals being evacuated from the flooded Robeson County Animal Center in St. Pauls, NC. The animals were vaccinated upon intake and were isolated from the resident population. Unfortunately, we have had cases of Canine Parvo Virus (CPV) and Canine Distemper Virus (CDV) distemper confirmed in this population of dogs. Two of the puppies from Robeson County that we had in foster care confirmed positive for CDV the weekend of October 6th.

Given the timeline of Canine Distemper Virus from diagnosis to exposure, there is a potential risk of exposure to dogs that are and have been in our care. We are adjusting our canine intake and adoption program temporarily as a precaution which will allow us to continue to ensure the health of the animals in the shelter and of those adopted from us. If you adopted a dog from us on September 24th or later and your dog has shown signs of an upper respiratory infection (or other illness) within 2 weeks of adoption please contact us at 704-377-0534.

For more information on CDV, Canine Distemper Virus, please click here:…/PetCare/Pages/Canine-Distemper.asp

Committed To Improving The Lives of Animals and People

At the Humane Society of Charlotte, we believe that by working to improve animal welfare, we’re not only saving the lives of animals who need our help but are also building a better community by creating families with healthy, happy pets, educating pet owners and ensuring the safety and well-being of both two-legged and four-legged Charlotteans.

We’ve been here in Charlotte since 1978, and we know first hand how much this community can do when we work together. Whether you’re looking for a new family member, want to work or volunteer with us, need help with training or medical care for your pet – we’re here for you!